EIAST Participates as Strategic Partner for World Space Risk Forum 2014

Event represents opportunity to showcase UAE’s space program to global space leaders
UAE, May 13, 2014 – The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has announced its participation as Strategic Partner for the World Space Risk Forum 2014, which will take place from May 13 to 15, 2014 at Raffles Dubai, UAE. The globally established biennial event, which brings together leading professionals representing all aspects of the aerospace industry, will provide international exposure to the UAE’s space program. The World Space Risk Forum 2014 is a perfect platform for the UAE to build up its profile in the global space industry. The event will be vital in highlighting the country’s space program to an audience representing international space communities and foreign governments.

Omran Sharaf, Director of Image Processing and Analysis Department, EIAST gave a welcome message during the event’s opening ceremony. Moreover, Adnan Al Rais, Head of Office of Products Utilization, EIAST will lead the Focus Group Panel, under the theme ‘Growing Up in Space,’ which takes place on Day 2 of the conference (Wednesday, May 14, 2014) at the World Space Risk Forum 2014. The conference will provide a series of unique insights about successful entry of companies, namely: EIAST, Es’hailSat and SSTL, into the commercial space market, focusing on each company’s approach and lesson learned. The panel also discussed how these companies continue to remain competitive in the increasingly crowded commercial space industry.
The delegates visited the EIAST headquarters, where they were briefed about EIAST projects, including DubaiSat1, recently launched DubaiSat2, and KhalifaSat – 100 per cent Emirati satellite to be launched in 2017. The group also toured the facility, which will offer tremendous prospects to EIAST to build up its clients and suppliers list, including space insurance companies.
Omran Sharaf, Director of Image Processing and Analysis Department, EIAST during the forum.

H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, said: “Undoubtedly, the World Space Risk Forum is one of the biggest events in the space calendar, which will also be a perfect occasion for EIAST to showcase its facilities as well as technical capabilities in the aerospace industry to the global space experts. The event is perfectly timed as we have recently launched our DubaSat2 and are progressing ahead with the work on KhalifaSat and will leverage the presence of leaders from aerospace sector to strengthen the UAE’s leading position in the space industry. Moreover, our participation in the Focus Group Panel will enable us to enlighten the EIAST’s success model to the forum delegates. Lastly, as the Strategic Partners, we extend our complete support to the World Space Risk Forum for a successful event.”

Laurent Lemaire, organiser of The World Space Risk Forum and Managing Director of DIFC-based Elseco, the largest space underwriting entity worldwide, commented: “We are excited to welcome leaders from the global space industry to Dubai to experience the most important space risk forum in the world. They will find a region that is experiencing significant investment in high technology operations, such as those found at EIAST, our local strategic partner for the World Space Risk Forum. Such investment will make Dubai and the UAE a major player in the future. It is appropriate then that The World Space Risk Forum remains firmly embedded here and continues to grow in importance and significance as the surrounding regional space industry does the same. We thank EIAST for opening its doors to our delegates.”
The World Space Risk Forum brings together 500 top space executives from more than 30 countries. It will address a wide range of issues faced by space ventures, including technical, financial, business, environmental, economic, and regulatory as well as related to software and production. The forum will provide an excellent opportunity for all service providers, insurers, government representatives, brokers, financiers, attorneys and academics to gather and discuss ways of making space a safer place to visit, explore, live and do business. For more information, log on to: http://worldspaceriskforum.com/2014/.
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